The NFPA recently revised its standard on fire hose. The newest edition requires that hose manufactured before July 1987 be removed from service. This makes sense given all the changes in materials and technology over the past 25 years. That’s just one of many significant changes to the standard, first created in 1936 and called NFPA 198, Care of Fire Hose.
The 2013 standard, NFPA 1962, Care, Use, Inspection, Service Testing, and Replacement of Fire Hose, Couplings, Nozzles, and Fire Hose Appliances, includes for the first time the word “replacement” in the title and now covers formal replacement of hose and couplings.
Occupant Use Fire Hose are an important safety feature of several commercial and industrial amenities and are designed to be utilized to fight basic stage fires when the fire department is on the way to professionally extinguish the fire. It is essential to maintain your occupant use fire hose system in appropriate working order and assure its readiness for usage.
Cal Counties Fire Protection provides Occupant Use Fire Hose service, sales, installation and training. We inspect and test fire hose on already existing fire hose systems and replace faulty hoses, annual re-rack service, hose racks, reels, and nozzles.
Fire Hose Testing
Here is a list of things to test for:
Fire extinguishers are in their designated places
There are no obstructions to access or visibility
Safety seals are not broken or missing
There is no evidence of physical damage, corrosion, leakage or clogged nozzle
Pressure gauge readings are in the proper range or position
Operating instructions are legible and facing outward
Fullness – confirmed by weighing or lifting
Our company provides the proper service to make sure you are in compliance with the NFPA guidelines and local fire code requirements. We furnish all accessories for hose systems, including fire hose covers, nozzles, valves and signage. We can additionally provide all varieties of caps, plugs, and fixtures for fire department connections, hydrants and valves. Fire hoses that are in service are required to be inspected monthly, re-racked annually, and hydro statically tested 5 years from its manufacture date, and every 3 years thereafter. Contact Cal-Counties Fire today to see how we can help you with these services.